While riding his bike through Central Park, the singer (who wrote the music and lyrics for Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) attempted to avoid another rider and was involved in what doctors called a "high energy bicycle accident."
He was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Emergency Department and underwent "multiple X-rays and CAT scans" followed by five hours of surgery.
According to Dean Lorich, MD, Bono sustained a left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, a left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces and a left compound distal humerus fracture where "the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces."
Lorich told Rolling Stone, "[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room...where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws."
Lorich added that Bono will "require intensive and progressive therapy," but "a full recovery is expected." The band previously released a statement on their website that read, "It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding."